Celebrating Community at Podfest 2024

Celebrating Community at Podfest 2024

This past weekend marked a monumental occasion for podcasting enthusiasts and creators around the globe as we gathered for our 10th Anniversary at Podfest Expo 2024. As the curtains close on an event filled with laughter, learning, and amazing networking, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who made this experience not just possible, but profoundly impactful.

A First for Many, A Homecoming for All

For some attendees, Podfest Expo 2024 was a journey into the unknown—a first-ever dive into the vast ocean of podcasting. For others, it was a much-anticipated return to a familiar setting. Regardless of the journey, the destination was the same: a vibrant community united by a passion for storytelling, learning, and connection.

This year's expo wasn't just an event; it was a testament to the power of community and the endless possibilities that come from collective passion and dedication. Hearing firsthand accounts of attendees experiencing their first conference—or their first in a long time—reinforced our mission to foster an inclusive, supportive environment for creators from all corners of the world.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Podfest Expo

As we reflect on the successes and memories of Podfest Expo 2024, we are already looking forward to the future. The insights shared, the connections made, and the stories told have laid the groundwork for what we believe will be an even more exciting and enriching experience next year.

We remain committed to enhancing the value we provide to our creators, ensuring that Podfest Expo continues to be a beacon for innovation, education, and community in the podcasting world. We invite you to join us on this journey, to continue building on the connections forged, and to explore the endless possibilities that podcasting holds.

Thank You, Once Again

To our attendees, speakers, staff, and sponsors: thank you. Your energy, enthusiasm, and support have not only made Podfest Expo 2024 a success but have also solidified its place as a cornerstone event in the independent podcasting community. We are forever grateful for your contributions and look forward to welcoming you back next year.

Stay tuned for more updates, and here's to another year of growth, discovery, and podcasting excellence!

Community Hot Take

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Apple embeds accessibility into every aspect of our work, and we are committed to designing the best products and services for everyone. This spring, Apple is introducing transcripts on Apple Podcasts, making it easier for anyone to access podcasts.

How it works

With transcripts, your audience can read the full text of an episode, search the episode for a specific word or phrase, and tap the text to play from that point in the episode. As an episode plays, each word is highlighted, making it easy to follow along. Transcripts can also be accessed from the episode details page. Touch and hold a podcast episode to reveal an option to view a transcript. Read More

Podcast Cover artwork is more often than not your audience's first impression of your show. But how do you create truly amazing podcast artwork if you aren't a graphic designer?

Fortunately, Libsyn has a special integration with Canva! Within Libsyn, you can create amazing podcast artwork with Canva's collection of dynamic podcast templates. Customize to your heart's content and then save your artwork directly into your new episode's details with a click of a button. Watch Now

Recently, a client asked me about Apple Podcast ratings and reviews. In particular, they wanted to know how their star ratings compare to other shows'.

“Is 80 ratings good?” they asked. “How do we stack up?”

I used to know the answer, because back in 2020, I analyzed 20 million Apple Podcasts star ratings. But that post felt a bit stale, so I decided to look for some more recent data. I pulled a sample of more than 1.7 million shows from Apple Podcasts to find more than 28 million individual star ratings, representing a whopping 133,761,942 stars! Then I crunched some numbers.

Here’s what I learned… Read More

Article originally written by Dan Misener and published on Bumper.

Gordon Firemark

As the popularity of podcasting continues to grow, so do the legal and business considerations that come with it. To help podcasters navigate these challenges, Gordon Firemark, The Podcast Lawyer™, will be hosting a free, online workshop titled "Business & Legal Fundamentals for Podcast Growth & Profit" on Friday, February 2nd at 9am pacific time.

During the workshop, podcasters of all experience levels will learn about the legal and business considerations that are essential to growing and monetizing their podcasts while staying on the right side of the law. Attendees will gain valuable insights on intellectual property and privacy law, as well as strategies for monetizing their podcasts and negotiating with advertisers and sponsors. attendees will learn:

  • The 3 prerequisites to truly professional results as a podcaster

  • 4 essential components to a solid, professional, businesslike approach to podcasting (or any entrepreneurial activity)

  • The 5 biggest mistakes podcasters make that hold them back from easy growth and success

  • The 5 biggest mistakes podcasters make that hold them back from easy growth and success

Gordon Firemark is an experienced entertainment, media and business lawyer and a leading expert in podcasting law. He has worked with some of the biggest names in podcasting and has helped countless podcasters to protect their podcasts and grow their audiences. Learn More

Podcast Career Opportunities

🎤 🎧 Let’s all wish a Happy Anniversary to Bruce Wawrzyniak, host of Catholic Sports Radio on his 5th podversary! This is an amazing milestone!

Helping listeners find the right balance and priority when it comes to their faith life versus their sports life, interviews are done with guests who are Catholics in sports - current or former athletes, coaches, officials, clergy, administrators, and more, from the pro, amateur, and scholastic ranks. Whether you're an athlete or a fan, youth or adult, Catholic or not, this show will deliver content that speaks to you and provides opportunities for ongoing reflection for your daily life.

 🎤 🎧 Tackling tough topics in a way that will help you feel more empathy and empower you to become a better citizen, kinder neighbor, and more effective advocate. For people who are turned off by the divisive nature of the news, but still want to engage with important issues. Hosted by journalist Julie Rose, Top of Mind is a production of BYUradio.

🎤 🎧 Welcome to Latina in America podcast, your bilingual destination for Latina culture, careers, and travel. Host Rosie and guests share unique career stories and global adventures. Explore our culture in English and Spanish, celebrating Latina heritage and resilience. Join us for an inspiring cultural journey!

Bienvenidos al podcast Latina en América, tu destino bilingüe para cultura, carreras y viajes. Rosie y las invitadas comparten historias y aventuras. Celebra la herencia latina. ¡Únete a nuestro viaje cultural!

 🎤🎧 The After Hours Entrepreneur Podcast is for business owners, entrepreneurs, side hustlers, and professionals that are disrupting their industry. The global marketplace is seeing massive change. Hundreds of millions of jobs will be lost. How will you adapt?We focus on how to use artificial intelligence, automation, social media, email marketing, leadership, and innovative tactics gain the advantage you need thrive in this world.

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